Hero uses coupon clipping to stock her free “Mercy Packages”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Pinellas County woman is honoring the memory of her brother by showing kindness to individuals and families she has never met.

This week’s Everyday Hero, Linda Pondexter Gidron is all about paying it forward by helping people save their money.

A visit to Gidron’s St. Petersburg garage is like a visit to your supermarket.


What You Need To Know

  • This week’s Everyday Hero is Linda Pondexter Gidron, who gives out free care packages in honor of her late brother
  • For information on Monroe Mercy Packages, contact Linda at St. Anthony’s Hospital at (727) 825-1445, or (727) 420-9769
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She is the founder of Monroe’s Mercy Packages, named in honor of her late brother Monroe who faced serious health issues.

“So I wanted to provide some essential items for him,” Gidron said of her brother. “Toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, cleaning supplies for the home. That was one less thing he had to worry about.”

After Monroe died in 2018, she decided to continue these packages for others in need with the help of her husband Troy.

“We get a box ready,” she said. “We go to the home, of course we don’t know the individuals or families and they’re just amazed.”

Since 2018 over 100 packages have found homes.

A Hall-of-Fame level coupon user, Gidron usually pays little if anything for her supplies. Those shopping skill greatly helps with expenses and Gidron has no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

She says she’s not a hero. Just simply a “PK.”

“I’m a PK, a preacher’s kid,” Gidron said. “So I’ve grown up in the church all my life and my dad, my mom, they were givers and when they mold that into you, we stray sometimes but we go back to our roots and i just love giving to people.”

For information on Monroe Mercy Packages, contact Linda at St. Anthony’s Hospital at (727) 825-1445, or (727) 420-9769.